Santa Claus is coming to town and this year he's sweeter than ever.
Award-winning Pastry Chef Mahesh Weerasinghe, who trained under one of only 13 Master Chefs in the U.S., once again showcases his advanced culinary skills with a larger-than-life chocolate display featuring Santa Claus and his elves busy at work on Christmas Eve.
Entirely hand-sculpted from 1,000 pounds of dark chocolate and chocolate dough equivalent to 95,000 chocolate kisses or 2,432,000 calories – the oversized Santa in his chair is accompanied by his elves, a pack, a wagon full of toys and a lamppost sitting atop a base of poured milk chocolate, which has been carefully sculpted to replicate the boards of a weathered wood floor.
Drawing on training received under award-winning chocolatier Chef Rudy Wieder, combined with inherent artistic talent, Chef Mahesh sculpted the sweet creation using chocolate just as an artist would use clay. By melting the chocolate, then letting it cool to a malleable
consistency, the chocolate is built up on an armature, then detailed using artist's wood and clay carving tools.
Approximately 400 man-hours and two months of creative work and construction went into the making of this intricately carved and sculpted confection. From the curls of Santa's flowing beard to the upturned toes of the elves' shoes, every detail has been sculpted directly into this one-of-a-kind confectionary creation. Elves sporting chocolate pom-pom adorned hats wait as they decorate the Christmas tree with ornaments from a chocolate wagon complete with chocolate wheels. A gingerbread-bricked fireplace completes the sugary scene.
This delectable chocolate Christmas vignette, open to the public, is on display in the main lobby rotunda of Hilton Americas-Houston, located at 1600 Lamar Street, throughout the holidays.